30A South Walton Copy Copeland TODAY: Cody Copeland at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet

Photo: Andy Still Photography

Local fav Cody Copeland will perform at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach this Thursday, July 24th from 6:30-8:30 PM.

Copeland’s acclaimed “alternative acoustic pop” sound will be accompanied by a small acoustic combo, and Grayt Grounds will feature food specials. Copeland’s Alt-Pop originals employ a wide span of instruments, ranging from thick slabs of vintage synthesizers, to both analog and electronic drums, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar, and occasionally accordion — all of which he plays, records and produces himself. These textural elements back a bright smoky vocal delivery, which Copeland says is influenced by a childhood favorite crooner, Roy Orbison.

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30A South Walton AndyS Poster Winner 580 480 Walton County TDC Seeks Applicants for 2015s Artist of the Year

2013 Artist of the Year, Andy Saczynski

Walton County’s TDC is now accepting applications for the 2015 South Walton Artist of the Year honor. This marks the thirteenth year of the program that’s designed to promote our thriving arts community, while placing the spotlight on one very talented local artist.

The deadline for applications is Monday, July 28th at 4:00 pm. Click here to download the application.

“The Artist of the Year program has many benefits to the winning artist,” said Michael McCarty, 2009′s Artist of the Year. “Opportunities are created throughout the year that promotes your art in a much, much broader spectrum than one would normally be exposed to.”

Click here for a list of previous Artists of the Year.

For more info about the TDC’s Artist of the Year program, contact Angela Vaughn.

30A South Walton beyonce Beyoncé Needs a Forever HomeBeyoncé is a sweet German Shepherd / Hound Mix looking for someone to ‘put a collar on her.’

Having just returned from a training program called “Unconditional Love,” this beautiful girl is one of the most easy-going, fun-loving dogs currently sheltered at Alaqua Animal Refuge. Take her home and you’ll have a loyal friend for life.

Here’s a log of her eventful life, in her own words:

2014 has been a very big year for me. I am a German Shepherd/Hound Mix and just a youngster of about three years old. I have kept a diary since January so that I could share it one day:

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30A South Walton 10478432 462496167220254 2121232069309569864 n1 SATURDAY: Hungry Native SUP Sprint Classic SeriesHungry Boards presents the SUP Sprint Classic Series this Saturday, July 26th at Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School in Santa Rosa Beach.

There will be 100, 200 and 400 yard races, 1/4 and 1/2 mile Sprint Races, a Slalom Race, a Turn Race, a Team Phun Relay and a Fun Race for kids and grown ups. Prizes will be given to all race winners.

To participate, simply click ‘Going’ on the event page and that will automatically pre-register you. The tournament gives you a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes.

For more info, follow Hungry Boards on Facebook or call 850-267-1197.

30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 Meet 30As World Champion Wakeboarder Andrew AdkisonBy Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton 522562 356924251030310 1991314191 n Meet 30As World Champion Wakeboarder Andrew AdkisonDuring Christmas break last year, our group decided to go out one night. We arrived at a friend’s house, only to discover that someone had decided to bring a couple of randos. The definition of a “rando” according to our made-up dictionary is: “Someone that only one to two people in our group know.”

Side note: We’re sometimes a little wary of rando strangers.

In fairness, it’s not entirely our fault that we’re so quick to judge the randos: We’ve had some very unusual experiences that created a real need for this “no rando” rule. Usually bringing randos to these intimate gatherings without checking with the group well in advance is frowned upon. But when the girls heard that one of the guys was a professional wakeboarder, we decided to let the “no randos” rule slide for the night.

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By Jessie Taylor
30A South Walton unnamed2 Cruisin Through the Good Life Aboard SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris

Want to be wined and dined in style on your next beach vacation? Be sure to book a trip aboard SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS. This beautiful ship stays docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina and is readily available to host large events or just a special occasion for two.

I recently went to Baytowne to tour the Solaris. When I was walking down the dock, I paused to call for directions to the yacht.

The man on the phone had to be questioning my eyesight, considering that you literally can’t miss the Solaris.

Little did I know she’s the biggest boat docked at the marina.

I toured the entire vessel with owner, James Murray, and I have to say it is pretty awesome. Not only does the boat have a full bar (I’m talking everything), but they have a very nice wine list as well. The Solaris hosts everything from weddings, class reunions, and corporate dinners to public dinner cruises.

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30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 Chef Giovanni Pairs Southern and Seafood with a Spectacular VueBy Jessie Taylor
30A South Walton Vue on 30a with Gio Chef Giovanni Pairs Southern and Seafood with a Spectacular Vue

Chef Gio, Jessie Taylor & Manager Shawn Biesel

I recently had the opportunity to chat and dine with Scenic 30A’s very own celebrity, Chef Giovanni Filipponi of Vue on 30a. For anyone who doesn’t know, “Chef Gio” starred on season 5 of Hell’s Kitchen. I’ve watched the popular show a few times, and to me, it seems as if Hell’s Kitchen is the Chef version of going into the Marines. After serving his time under the famously temperamental Chef Gordon Ramsey — and then serving as Executive Chef at several restaurants — Chef Gio finally found his home at Vue on 30a.

While I was waiting on Chef Gio to bring out a few of his masterpieces, I spoke with Membership and Marketing Director, Sarah Brazwell. She let me in on the number one thing that wins over their customers (aside from Chef Gio’s delicious entrees, of course). It’s instantly apparent.

Walking into Vue on 30a, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the flawless panorama that is the Gulf of Mexico.

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30A South Walton 5k Register Now For Alys Beachs 3rd Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

The 3rd Annual 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run will be held in Alys Beach on Sunday, August 31st.

Located along Scenic Highway 30A, the course winds through the streets of Alys Beach and into their nature trail. The event also features an oversized obstacle course for kids of all ages and will end with live music by Shane from Rock the House, food, beverages, and the award ceremony in Alys Beach’s Amphitheatre.

The price to participate in this certified 5K is $35. The 1 Mile Fun Run is $15 (kids 12 and younger only, please). Event proceeds will benefit the Autism Society. The 5K Race begins at 7:00 AM and the 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 AM in the Amphitheatre. Please arrive 30 minutes early upon the day of the race.

Click here now to register!

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